Perspectives on Spiritual, Intellectual and Pastoral Issues: Host – Lowell Qualls

Archive for June, 2008

I “CAN” Do All Things

Recently a friend sent a video to me with this note:  

 ”A son asked his father, ‘Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?’  The father who, despite having a heart condition, says ‘Yes.’  They went on to complete the marathon together.  Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying ‘Yes’ to his son’s request of going through the race together.  One day, the son asked his father, ‘Dad, let’s join the Ironman together.’  To which, his father said ‘Yes,’ too.  (For those who don’t know, The Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever.  The race encompasses three endurance events:  a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.)  Father and son completed the race together.  Before you view a video of their race better grabfew tissues first!    

I was so fascinated with the video of Dick and Ricky Hoyt that I am making the “story” video available for viewing below, along with the Spanish version of the video.  

Pass it on … AND THINK ABOUT IT!

“Christophobia”

I got one for you.

You’ve, no doubt, heard of “homophobia.”  No doubt.

Have you ever heard of “Christophobia?”  Probably not.

I just invented the term.

Christophobia is the unreasonable and unjustifiable fear of Jesus, and Christ-followers.  A Christophobe may not “fear” Jesus in the sense that he or she is afraid of Him, but he will slam Jesus, vilify His followers, and try to make it impossible for Jesus-Believers to live a Christ-following lifestyle without encountering animosity, prejudice, and persecution.

Most “NoDems” are Christophobes.  (see MiVu article on “NoDems.”)  NoDems see Jesus Christ as a myth – right up there with Zeus, Tarzan, and Big Foot.   They would say that Jesus of Nazareth probably lived, but that His fans created Him in their image … to be their Savior.  NoDems and Christophobes believe Jesus was not the Son of God in the biblical sense.

Christophobia is growing in America.  And while NoDems are not the only people fueling this fear, they are actively involved in creating the laws that will curtail religious freedom in this country.  Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, the ACLU, and NARAL are allied to build on this fear.  Many movie makers see Christophobia as fodder for box office success.  More and more comedians, television script writers, and members of the media are jumping on board the Christophobia express.

If you are a Christ-follower, be aware that soon you will have to be more cautious about expressing your faith in America.  Like believers in China, India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and some countries in Africa … being a Christ-follower will become downright dangerous.

Think about it.

 

Enjoy!

Wow!